Best Fantasy Romance Books

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Best Fantasy Romance Books

Fantasy romance is a sub-genre of romance that is popular among people of all ages. Many people turn to this genre when they want to be immersed, transported, and consumed by an epic loved story set in a fantasy world that is guaranteed to have a happy ending. People are constantly on the hunt for more fantasy romance books to read. They generally like this genre because there are duels and swordplays in these stories, which is totally different from the weapons we use in modern warfare. Fantasy romance has unique storylines and conflicts that differ from book to book.

Moreover, most of these stories have humor, quests – adventure against the odds, imagination – no limits & anything can happen, escapism to another reality, immersion into that reality, mythical creatures, variety of characters including both heroes and villains, and most important there is development. Furthermore, since it is fantasy fiction, there is always magic present all around the new worlds, cultures, and societies that authors build in their novels.

Whether you are new to this sub-genre or curious about the intersection of Fantasy & Romance, these are some of the best fantasy romance books to read as standalone or the whole series:

1. The Night Circus

The Night Circus is about two star-crossed magicians who engage in a deadly game of cunning. This spellbinding New York Times bestseller has captured the world’s imagination. The circus arrives without warnings or announcements, and it is there when yesterday it was not. Within the black & white striped canvas tents of this circus, there is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. This Night Circus is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and behind the scenes, there is fierce competition going on. It is a duel between two young magicians named Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood solely for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.

However, they do not know that this is a game in which the only one will be left standing, and despite the high stakes, they soon tumble headfirst into love. Celia and Marco set off a domino effect of dangerous consequences by leaving the lives of everyone hanging in the balance.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in the bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. This action-packed book depicts the story of a nineteen-year-old huntress named Feyre, who kills a wolf in the woods because of which a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. She is dragged to a traitorous magical land that she knows about only from legends. Feyre discovers that her capture is not just a beast but one of the immortal, lethal faeries who once ruled her own world. Tamlin is not a beast all the time, and as she adapts to her new home, new feelings for the faerie emerge within her.

It transforms from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she has been told about the world of the Fae. However, something is not right in the faerie lands, as an ancient, evil shadow is rising, and Feyre must find a way to stop it. If she does not do it, then she is dooming Tamlin and his world forever. This book blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into an unforgettable read.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

3. Song of Blood & Stone 

Song of Blood & Stone is one of the best among the 100 best fantasy books of all time and Time Magazine’s best fantasy book of 2018. This book, written by L Penelope, is a thrilling, treacherous, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. The kingdoms of Lagrimar and Elsira have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, which is a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. However, now that the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar, who is also the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.

Jasminda always just wanted to live quietly on her farm and away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. She was branded as an outcast by the color of her skin and her gift of Earthsong. Jasminda has been shunned all her entire life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wanders into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimas. In this book, Jasminda and Jack race to unveil the ancient mystery.

Song of Blood & Stone

Song of Blood & Stone

4. From Blood and Ash

From Blood and Ash is an action-packed and captivating story from Jennifer L Armentrout. This addictive and unexpected fantasy is perfect for the fans of Laura Thalassa and Sarah J. Maas. A Maiden is chosen from birth to usher in a new era, and her life has never been her own. Poppy’s life is solitary, untouched, overlooked, unspoken, and pleasureless. She has to wait for the day of her Ascension, but she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods.

However, this choice has never been hers because of her duty. With the entire kingdom’s future on her shoulders, Poppy is not even quite sure if this is what she wants for herself because a maiden has a heart, soul, and longing. When she meets a golden-eyed guard named Hawke, who is honor-bound to ensure her Ascension, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. Hawke incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

From Blood and Ash

From Blood and Ash

5. Curse of the Wolf King: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling

Curse of the Wolf King is about a beastly fae king with a deadly curse and a devious bargain to break it. All Gemma Bellefleur ever wanted was to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. However, when she is captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she will find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again. Until the curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself.

Gemma tries to use that to her advantage, bargain her way to freedom, and all she has to do is help him break his curse. Nevertheless, there is just one hitch because to do so; they will have to trick someone into falling in love with the brooding, beastly Elliot. After a devious alliance is made, their scheme begins that brings Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. An unexpected desire stirs, and where there was only hate, there now blooms something else. Gemma must fight it because when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form, a wolf, and be lost to her for good. This book is about Gemma’s journey to sacrifice her growing feelings to save the king’s life and her love forcing her to give up something even greater, her heart?

Curse of the Wolf King

Curse of the Wolf King

6. The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy

The Awakening is the first book in the Dragon Heart Legacy series by one of the bestselling New York Times authors, Nora Roberts. This trilogy is about adventure, romance, and magic in the realm of Talamh, where a teenage warrior named Keegan arises from a lake holding a sword. This weapon represents both the terrifying responsibility and power to protect the Fey. In another world known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered that she possesses a treasure of her own. As a girl, Breen Kelly’s father would tell her stories of a magical place, and now she is anxious twenty-something mired in student debt and working a job that she hates.

However, one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery about her mother and that she has been hiding an asset account in her name. This account has been funded by her long-lost father, and it’s worth nearly four million dollars that would be life-changing for anyone. But, Breen does not know that when she uses some of the money to travel to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she could not have imagined. She meets that silver-haired, elusive man named Keegan that begins her powerful and dangerous destiny.

The Awakening

The Awakening

7. Wildest Dreams (The Fantasyland Series) 

Wildest Dreams is the first volume in the Fantasyland series written by Kristen Ashley. Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure that she could find. She learns this lesson the hard way when her parents die in a plane crash that she never forgets. She discovers there is another universe where every person has a twin. She finds a witch who can help her go there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime. However, upon arriving in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes that she has been played by her twin. Her twin, who was supposed to walk down the aisle to be wed to the Drakkar, tricks her into doing it. Finnie is being thrown into inauspicious circumstances, and with years of practice, she bests the challenges and dives into her adventure.

Nonetheless, Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes but instead, someone else. Finnie is a freespirit with a thirst for venture just like Drakkar, and without her knowledge, he orders his new bride imprisoned to his frozen world, everlasting. At the same time, Frey plunges Finnie into a mesh of political intrigue that includes magic, mystery,assassination plots, poison,  and dragons.

Wildest Dreams

Wildest Dreams

8. Thorn

Rowan’s father returns on a cold day deep in the heart of winter from an ill-fated hunting trip bearing a single, white rose. This rose is followed by the Huntress, who is a figure out of legend. Cruel, tall and achingly beautiful, she brings Rowan back with her to a mountain fastness that is populated solely by the creatures of the hunt. Rowan was once scorned by the villages for their superstitions, and now she finds herself at the heart of a curse rooted as deep as the mountains. It is ruled by old magic that is as insidious as the touch of the winter rose. She is torn between her family loyalties, her relief at escaping her betrothal to Avery Lockland, and her complex feelings for the Huntress.

The main character must find a way to break the curse before it destroys everything that she loves, but there is only one problem. If she finds a way to lift the curse, she would have to return to the life she left behind. For her, the only thing more unbearable than endless winter is facing a lifetime of springs without the Huntress. This book was named on the American Library Association’s 2020 Over the Rainbow Fiction Longlist.

Thorn

Wildest Dreams

9. Amber Smoke: The Escaped – Book One 

Amber Smoke is a unique twist on Greek mythology and heart-stopping action that keeps you riveted to the very last page. The author, Kristin Cast,kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series. This book depicts a story in a world that runs parallel to our own, where the souls of the damned are caged. They are looked over by the Furies, and they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

However, someone has opened the cage, and the worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs. The Furies send a great, although untested warrior and their only son, Alek,to try to bring those souls back. Alek is handsome, young, impulsive, headstrong, and he won’t be able to do it alone. Eva, now grown up into a beautiful and beloved girl, is surrounded by secrets. She will be hunted in an ancient dispute that will threaten her life, and later she will become the hunter. Police close in, and two worlds are on the verge of crumbling around Alek and Eva. They must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.

Amber Smoke

Thorn

10. Borrowed Souls: A Soul Charmer Novel

Borrowed Souls is the first book in the Soul Charmer series written by Chelsea Mueller. It depicts the journey of Callie Delgado, who always puts family first and unfortunately, her brother knows it. She has emptied her savings, lost work, and spilt countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble. However, he is now in deeper than ever, and his debt is hanging over Callie’s head. She has given a choice to do some dirty work for the mob or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is a big business for the religious population of Gem City,and looking to take part in immoralor even illegalactivity can borrow someone else’s soul for a price and sin without consequence. Callie needs a borrowed soul to save her brother, but she does not have any money to pay for it. The Soul Charmer is willing to trade, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a world of magic she isn’t ready for. She and Derek will have to walk a tight line to avoid pissing off the bad guys and all that time struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family is really worth. Losing her brother is not an option, but losing her soul can be one.

Borrowed Souls

Borrowed Souls

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